Beljan issues apology for 'inappropriate language'


Charlie Beljan issued an apology Tuesday for using 'inappropriate language' during the final round of last week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Beljan played the final round alongside Jason Day, and as the pair left the 12th tee at Pebble Beach, Beljan's words were picked up by microphones during the live television broadcast.

"I used inappropriate language after tripping over television cables on the tee box," Beljan said in a statement. "I sincerely apologize for my words and to those who may have been offended."

Beljan went on to finish third after a final-round 66, while Day tied for fourth. Although it initially appeared that the foul language came from Day, Beljan reiterated that the Aussie was not to blame.

"At the time my fellow competitor Jason Day was hitting his tee shot, and some may have assumed, wrongly, that the words were said by Jason," Beljan said. "They were not. I said them, and take full responsibility. I have great respect for Jason Day as a player - and as a man - and I want to make it perfectly clear Jason had nothing to do with the situation."

Beljan is in the field this week at the Northern Trust Open, where he lost in a playoff to John Merrick in 2013.